Written by Allan N. Schore,

Understanding Human Development

Review by Gunnel Minett

Allan N. Schore is an internationally recognised theoretical researcher who has had an impact on a number of fields such as developmental psychopathology, psychiatry, neuroscience and psychoanalysis. This is the second volume where Allan Schore revises our understanding of human development by applying his developmental theory to early emotional development, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

In part one of the book, Developmentally-Oriented Psychotherapy, Schore is suggesting models based on Psycho-Neurobiology to describe the mechanisms involved in psychotherapeutic change. Part two of the book, Developmental Neuro-Psychoanalysis, addresses the early organisation of the biological substrates of the human unconscious mind. This is a field where Schore is a recognised pioneer and he returns to his own earlier work as well as other earlier explorations of the inner world. In particular he examines Freud’s work in this field.

The book covers data from a wide range of disciplines such as neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, pediatrics, psycho-somatic medicine and social work. By applying such a broad perspective Schore is able to integrate data from infant research, neuropsychological research and research on self development and attachment to show that ‘affects are psychobiological phenomena and the self is bodily based.’

W.W. Norton & Company, http://www.wwnorton.com New York, 2003 ISBN 0-393-70407-6